4:05 AM, December 4, 2010
Everybody, it seemed, comes to Elaine’s, as A.E. Hotchner wrote in his book of the same name — or, certainly, anybody who was anybody, meaning one of the proverbial bold-face names.
And joyously presiding over it all for nearly half a century was the celebrated Upper East Side nightspot’s founder, proprietor and namesake — Elaine Kaufman, the quintessential New Yorker, who died yesterday at 81.
New York certainly has its share of world-class restaurants. But Elaine’s has always been in a class by itself — more celebrated for its patrons than its food.
Even those who’ve never been there know all about Elaine’s. They’ve read about it in the papers and in books, seen it in the movies (Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” the just-released “Morning Glory”) or heard about it in songs (Billy Joel’s “Big Shot”).
And there was always Elaine herself, larger than life in every sense, who in 1963 created a salon for the hip and famous where literary lions and actors rubbed elbows and downed drinks with journalists, politicians, society and law-enforcement types alike.
Raised in Queens and Washington Heights, Kaufman held a wide variety of jobs until she found the one she knew and loved best: restaurateur.
But she was more than just a saloon-keeper — as the Times once wrote, the regulars at Elaine’s weren’t just customers, they were an extended family.
“I’ve lived just about the most perfect life,” she said on her restaurant’s 35th anniversary.
Who can argue?
Elaine Kaufman was born on February 10th, 1929 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaine_Kaufman
February 10th, 1929
10 +1+9+2+9 = 31 = her “secret” number = Competition. Challenges. Tests. Contests. Contestant. Runner-up. Competitor. Training. Stir. Catalyst. Reaction. Risk. Striving to be number 1. Personal best. Outdoing yourself. Rising to the challenge. Stirring things up. Stirring the pot. Provoke a reaction. Getting a rise out of someone.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
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her path of destiny / how she learned what she was here to learn = 50 = Family life. Bliss. Joy. Overjoyed. Wonderful. Global. Worldwide. Culture. Society. Population. Civilization. World family. Everyone. We. The joys of family life. We are family. One big family. We are the world. We the people. It’s a wonderful life. This is how good life can be. It’s a small world. Think global, act local. We are all. We are many. Natural surroundings. Joy to the world.